Preparing for a Power Outage

If you pay attention to the weather forecasts, you pretty much know when a storm severe enough to knock your power out is on the way. With the worst of the summer storms behind us, it is actually time to think about the snowstorms that could be here within a few short months.

When you are given enough time to prepare, there are some things you can do ahead of time, as well as during a power outage.

  • Gather up emergency supplies, including batteries, flashlights and a portable radio to keep informed on the storm.
  • Charge up cell phones and portable charging devices.
  • If you have an outside generator, make sure it's over 20 feet from any door, window, or vent, and run a heavy-duty extension cord into the house from there.
  • Close any unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat.
  • Drain your pipes, especially on outside walls, so pipes do not freeze and burst, or consider during the water off completely.
  • Wear layered clothing and use sleeping bags or blankets to stay warm.
  • Bring your pets inside.
  • Do NOT use a grill, portable camping stove, etc. inside.
  • If the power is out for more than a few days, and if you have no heat in your home, go to a local warming shelter if available, but only if you can get there safely. (Be sure your car has emergency supplies in it also.)

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